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Welcome to the First Semester Project website for "Technology Through The Ages."  This project will involve individual research, analysis, teamwork, technology, design skills, and communication, and will involve several steps over the entire semester.  The goals for this project are that each student will:

  • Research and analyze the important inventions of specific times and places in history
  • Write an analytical, conclusive, academic paper suggesting and supporting the most important of those developments
  • Collaborate effectively with a team of students, in person and through web-based technology, to create a group website that highlights the most important inventions of specific times and places in history

* Note - For this research project, an "invention" is defined as:

"A new device, method, or process developed from study and experimentation.  Some inventions are based on pre-existing forms, compositions, processes or ideas. Other inventions are radical breakthroughs which may extend the boundaries of human knowledge or experience."


Project Steps

1st Step: 

Each student will be assigned to a specific historical period and team, and will research his or her historical period on internet and in print, analyzing sources for academic validity.  Groups will compile lists of important inventions for their time periods from their initial research and will assess the validity of their sources.  Click on "Project Topics" to see complete list of topics for the project.  

        Note: See "Project Dates" on the Navigation Bar at left for important research dates!



2nd Step:

Students from all schools will meet their teammates at the Kickoff Field Trip to 
brainstorm all important inventions from their assigned historical period, and to decide on the most important technological developments to feature on a website.  Students will also determine individual responsibilities for the team portion of the project at the Kickoff Field Trip.


3rd Step:

Teams of students will meet at UVa for additional research and to develop their website according to roles established in their group contract.  See "Due Dates" on the Navigation Bar at left for important team dates.


        Note: See "
Project Dates" on the Navigation Bar at left for important website dates!



4th Step:

Each student will write an individual academic paper of at least 1200 words, not counting their "Works Cited" page.  The paper must support their choice for the most important invention from their assigned historical period.  Students must write a rough draft for submission.  Students must submit their rough draft through www.turnitin.com.

        Note: See "
Project Dates" on the Navigation Bar at left for important paper dates!


5th Step:

Students will provide feedback to their own group and to other project groups on their websites so far. Teachers will also provide feedback to groups.  Groups will revise and improve websites.


6th Step:

Individual research papers submitted to classroom teacher through www.turnitin.com.


7th Step:

Groups will submit their final website for grading.  Grading will be done on both an individual and group basis.


Please check "
Project Dates" and "Grading" in the Navigation Bar at left for more specific information on expectations for the First Semester Project.